Having patience in BJJ is an important part of your development.
Brazilian Jiu jitsu is a beautiful art which demonstrates timing, precision and technique in order to submit, throw or sweep your opponent. If you’re new to it don’t be too hard on yourself, it takes time and patience. If you turn up to class and find yourself being tapped over and over again by someone half your size, ask yourself this; “does this not demonstrate the true effectiveness of the art?” “Can I put enough time in, to make my own game like that?” – of-course you can!
In order to progress we need to understand what movements make us react. In sparring being tapped is a part of the process, and with time, without thought, you’ll start to adjust your body in a way to avoid certain threats.
The amount of stripes on a persons belt and colour of belt demonstrates ability and dedication however, in the early stages, strength and size can give the edge over technique. Don’t worry too much, believe in what you’ve been shown by your instructor. There is only 4 coloured belts before Black; White, Blue, Purple and Brown with 4 stripes to reach on each however, if you are a White belt rolling with someone with 2 stripes – it’s pretty much the same as sparing with somebody a whole belt away in any other Martial Art. Brazilian Jiu jitsu is a long process but very rewarding. Typically, it can take up to 10 years to get a Blackbelt so patience is key!
Set yourself small, achievable goals in Jiu jitsu like “I’m going to take his/her back today” or “no matter how tired I get, I’m not going to let him/her pass my guard”. Another thing to do is practice while it’s fresh in your mind. Therefore, if your instructor has shown a technique that session, try and use it in that session – really see if it works for you. If not, try again until it does, you’ll then really understand when and how to use it.
Luke (BJJ Basingstoke)